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  1. Hi! Do you have suggestions for resources for last minute (2-3 weeks out) cruises that offer discounts? Is it best just to use the cruise line sites or are there better options? Thanks!
  2. We are slightly considering booking the first sailing after the current drydock (April 7) on the Navigator due to good pricing for the type of room we are looking for. I know some people are hesitant to book the first sailing after significant work is done for a number of reasons. What is your opinion? Would you do it? Also, other than adding all of the waterslides, etc... what other changes will be made? I've read some not some favorable reviews about the condition of the ship and staterooms prior to the drydock and was curious as to whether you anticipate these things to be improved after the current work. General opinions about the ship would be welcomed as well! Thanks!
  3. Thanks so much! That’s great information. It sounds like the ships are quite similar to you other than size and the extra pool? Quick question... was Grease appropriate for elementary aged kids? I know some parts of the movie are a bit questionable for younger ones and I wondered if they modified that on the cruise to make it more family friendly. 😊
  4. They are 9 and 12. Good to know that the port area is safe. On a shorter cruise, I don’t love the idea of only one port that we actually get off at, so it’s good to know that we could get off in Falmouth and not feel rattled around the port. Is it mainly just shopping and dining in the port?
  5. Thank you! Did you feel safe in the port area in Falmouth? I’ve heard even there the atmosphere is on the aggressive side in terms of vendors. Was that your experience?
  6. It is very interesting to hear that most people prefer the Independence. I completely get the 5 day vs 4 day issue, but interesting that it sounds like the Indy is more liked by those posting in general. I read tons of reviews on CC and Mariner seemed to be more highly regarded as a ship based on those reviews. Some of the reviews on the Independence mentioned very dated staterooms and some general disrepair and lack of cleanliness on the ship... did those sailing recently feel differently? We are newbies in terms of the ship options and this all feels pretty overwhelming!! Thank you!
  7. Thank you! Would you mind telling me what things on the Independence make you prefer the larger ship?
  8. Good suggestion! I would love to hear what things you prefer about the Voyager class if you don’t mind?
  9. Thanks for the information! Was the road to Dunn’s River Falls a rocky or bumpy one? When I went years ago, I remember it being really rough. Hopefully there have been improvements since then?
  10. Thanks! Yes, this April. We are aware the water park will not be open until May... do you think there will be significant construction issues that would impact April cruisers? Also, approximately what is the cost of the zip line and coaster on Labadee? Thanks!
  11. After much deliberation and consideration of various cruise lines, we have decided to broaden our horizons from DCL and take the leap and take a RCCI cruise. :) Thanks to all of the great tips on this board, we have narrowed it down to two options. 1) 4 day on the Mariner (April) to Nassau and CoCo Cay. We have been to Nassau several times on other cruises and are not huge fans. We did the dolphin excursion at Blue Lagoon on our last DCL cruise, so would be looking for another beach type excursion to take if we returned there. (Not wanting to fork over the big bucks for Atlantis water park though! :) Concerned about the number of times CoCo Cay is missed.... however, the dock SHOULD be done in March, so hoping we would be ok... We LOVE Castaway Cay with DCL, so curious as to whether Labadee or CoCo would be more similar to this laid back, gorgeous beach feel. I have heard that there are much more aggressive vendors in Labadee, which wouldn't be super appealing to us. :) 2) 5 on the Independence (April) to Labadee and Falmouth. I have heard mostly negative about Falmouth and Jamaica ports in general. Years ago, my husband and I did Dunn's River Falls and enjoyed it, but I think that is a 45-60 minute ride from Falmouth and I don't think my kids would love that. Are there other good options for excursions at that port? Any opinions on these two options (based on ship itself, or itinerary) would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  12. Yep, I was newly feeling things out regarding Princess as a line at that point and now I have an actual itinerary and ship picked out, so looking for more specific info on those factors before making our final decision.
  13. Thank you for the comments... what types of activities do you enjoy doing with your son at those ports? Are the pools busy or is he able to use them as he wishes. Are there any shows that he enjoys?
  14. Looking for some thoughts on the 4 day Pacific Coastal on the Oosterdam from San Diego to Vancouver with a stop in Victoria. My husband and I are looking for a quick getaway and this looked like a fun and different option. If you have done this itinerary,could you share your thoughts? What did you do in Victoria? Did you plan activities in Vancouver when you finished the cruise or San Diego prior to the cruise? Thanks!
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